Sometimes a job is just a job. However for a group of truly fortunate people, their jobs are not only their passions, but their childhood dreams come to life.
We have seen director Gareth Edwards talk earlier today at Star Wars Celebration about how directing Rogue One reminded him of playing with Star Wars toys as a kid. Or the Russo Bros talk about fulfilling a childhood wish to put one of their favorite childhood characters, Spider-Man, on the big-screen in Captain America: Civil War. The next director in line for you to be really jealous of is F. Gary Gray, as he clearly was a Matchbox car fanatic as a kid and now gets to play with the real thing in Fast 8.
Gray has already made a name for himself by cutting his teeth with street-level films, like The Negotiator and Straight Outta Compton, so when he was announced as the director of the next Fast and Furious movie, it made all the sense in the world. In the latest promotional clip from the production diary of Fast & Furious 8/Fast 8, Gray walks the viewer onto the set known as the “Toy Shop.” The director’s enthusiasm for both the scene and the various high-priced vehicles, including new models of Bentley, Jaguar, and Maserati luxury cars, literally shoots off of the screen.
Gray is taking over a franchise that is still peaking, coming off of its biggest individual movie, with Furious 7. The production had to contend huge challenges, including the untimely passing of Paul Walker, which led to numerous production delays and script rewrites. Nevertheless, James Wan (The Conjuring 2) was still able to turn all those negatives into a billion dollar success. With that in mind, it’s also noticeable in the new Fast 8 video how much fun the actors are having on set. Hopefully that’s a signal that the crew has grieved and grown stronger, from both the traumatic experiences and career victories, that they have endured over the past few years.
There are a couple of interesting reveals in the one-minute video that should be mentioned. It features one of the “the most technologically advanced assault vehicles on planet Earth” according to Gray and there’s no doubt that the director has a huge action sequence in mind, for the next closest thing to the Bat-mobile in the real world.
We also see The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, on set which indicates that he will not be spending the entire course of the movie locked behind bars. While we get a glimpse of returning cast members Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris, who all seem like getting the opportunity to drive ultra-expensive cars never gets old to them. It certainly is hard to top driving muscle cars out of flying airplanes in Furious 7, so hopefully Gray has the intention to use the New York and Cuba shooting locations to reground the action and drama in the series. We would hate to see an expensive vehicle go off the rails.
Fast 8 opens in U.S. theaters on April 17th, 2017, followed by Fast and Furious 9 on April 19th, 2019, and Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd, 2021.
Source: Fast & Furious